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Symbol PDT 6842 Handheld Computer

Symbol PDT 6842 Handheld Computer

The PDT 6842 is a durable portable data terminal that combines mobility with comfort. Ideal for harsh environments, he PDT 6842 is an excellent choice for transportation and distribution, retail, inventory management and replenishment, price management and receiving. The PDT 6842 has a rugged housing and can withstand four-foot drops to concrete. It is also sealed against dust and rain. All units ship with a user's manual.

Rugged Terminals for Scan-Intensive Applications

The PDT 6842 of rugged, portable data terminals combine mobile computing, integrated bar code data capture and optional wireless communications in a lightweight, ergonomic device. PDT 6842 terminals are ideal for data management activities and increase accuracy anywhere along the supply chain. The comfortable, "forward-scanning" design enhances productivity for scan-intensive applications in retail such as inventory management, replenishment and price management. Yet PDT 6842 terminals are also tough enough for applications in harsh environments such as manufacturing, warehousing and distribution.

PDT 6842 terminals are environmentally sealed against severe weather conditions, including dust and rain. They are rugged enough to withstand multiple 4 ft./1.2 m drops to concrete–across the entire operating temperature range; a rubber "boot" enhances product durability.

Flexible Computing at the Point of Activity

This flexible productivity tool offers features such as standard, long-range, high-visibility, or two-dimensional scanning options and a 35- or 46-key alphanumeric keypad. Additionally, the PDT 6842 is available with wireless local area network (WLAN) connectivity for real-time, high-performance data transfer or extended memory for batch communications with your PC— you choose the right communications capabilities to meet your needs.

Whether users are performing inventory counts, shelf price audits, receiving, stock transfers or markdowns, the improved display is sharper and easier to read ––even in full sunlight or in high-intensity, artificial light—for increased productivity. Add WLAN connectivity together with a premium performance scanner and you have a rugged decision support tool for real-time data management. Connect a portable printer and generate bar codes for price markdowns or shelf label changes at the point of activity. What's more, the PDT 6842 is equipped with a large-capacity battery to ensure ample power for full shift use.

Symbol is the worldwide leader in bar code-driven data management systems with thousands of wireless network installations and millions of scanners and terminals in use. To find out how the PDT 6842 can work for you, call any of our convenient locations on the back address panel, or visit us at www.symbol.com/mobile

PDT 6842 Features

PDT 6842 Benefits

Integrated Symbol scan engine

Premium performance 1D or 2D data capture minimizes input error

Optional WLAN communications

Efficient real time information exchange for maximum productivity

Forward scanning, pistol grip ergonomics

Comfortable and well balanced for scan-intensive applications

Reliable, industry standard, DOS-based architecture

Allows for efficient programming and development of data-intensive applications

Improved 16-line display (NEW)

Easy to read display for indoor or outdoor use

35 (NEW) or 46-key alphanumeric keypad

Quick and easy data input

Sealed to IP54 standards against rain and dust

Terminal can be used in harsh environments

Large battery capacity (NEW)

Ample power for a full shift

Full line of accessories

Enables an application specific mobile solution

PDT 6842 Specification Highlights

PDT 6842 Physical Characteristics:


7.0 in. H x 3.5 in. W x 8.8 in. L/178 mm H x 89 mm W x 224 mm L


Batch: 24 oz./672 gm with battery Wireless: 26 oz./728 gm with battery

Operating Temperature:

-13° to 122° F/-25° to 50° C

Storage Temperature:

-13° to 140° F/-25° to 60° C


95% relative humidity, noncondensing

Drop Specification:

Multiple 4 ft./1.2 m drops to concrete

Environmental Sealing:



15KV electrostatic discharge to all surfaces without loss of data

Keyboard, Standard:

35 or 46 large, hard, alphanumeric keys

Keyboard, IBM:

46 key, IBM 5250 or 3270 keypads and overlays


16-line by 21-character FSTN LCD, back light, reverse video, double-high and double-wide characters


Removable, rechargeable battery pack

PDT 6842 Performance Characteristics:


80C88 type @ 8 Mhz

Operating System



128 KB EPROM (DOS, Terminal Diagnostics)


640 KB Standard (up to 6.1 MB for batch option)

Non-Volatile Memory:

256 KB Standard (up to 1.2 MB for RF option)

Application Development:

Symbol Series 3000 Applications Development Kit

Wireless Data Communications

Wireless Local Area Network:

Optional IEEE standards-based Spectrum24 802.11 or 802.11b

Data Rate:

2 Mbps (frequency hopping) and 11 Mbps (direct sequence)

Frequency Range:

Country dependent, typically 2.4 to 2.5 GHz

Output Power:

500 mW U.S.and 100 mW versions available




2 Mbps: up to 2000 ft./606 m in open environments and up to 180 to 250 ft./54.5 to 75.7 m in a typical office or retail store 11 Mbps: Open space – up to 1000 ft./303 m; Typical: 180 ft. to Radio; Channel 250 ft./54.5 to 76 m

Radio Channel Access Method:


Ethernet Compatibility:

DIX Ethernet

PDT 6842 Peripherals and Accessories


Single slot and four-slot cradles available


Supports extensive line of Symbol-approved printers, cables and accessories

4-Slot Battery Charger:

Recharges multiple batteries

Battery Adapter:

Used with Universal Battery Charger

PDT 6842 Regulatory:

Electrical Safety:

Certified to UL 1950, CSA C22.2 No. 950, EN60950/IEC950


FCC Part 15 Class B, ICES-003 Class B, European Union EMC Directive, Australian SMA

Hazardous Locations:

Factory Mutual Approved: Class I, Division 2, Groups A, B, C, D; Class II, Division 2, Groups F, G; Class III, Division 1, 2 Intrinsically Safe for Class I, Division 1, Groups A, B, C, D

TUV Certified: EEx ib IIc T4

Laser Safety:

CDRH Class II, IEC Class 2

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